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Fleet World Fleet: Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC EX Manual hatchback

Natalie Middleton gets to grips with some of the Civic’s very driver-friendly features.

The EcoChallenge feature rates you on driving style

It may be a divisive subject but the Civic’s looks have struck a chord with me right from the start – and it’s been enhanced by having seen a number of other ones in car parks of late.

One area where I blow hot and cold though is the infotainment system; there’s so much functionality there but some things, such as changing the volume, are hard to do on the move, although the steering wheel controls help with this.

I remain a fan of the sat nav system. It’s easy and quick to programme, the graphics are sublimely clear and there’s a wealth of extra functionality there, from a ‘Where am I?’ tool that provides location details in case of emergency and includes hospitals, police stations, fuel, to detailed fuel information and spend once programmed with a few details, and even a mileage reporting function.

I’ve also discovered the EcoChallenge feature that rates you on driving style through a number of parameters, including overall, current and braking scores and a chart of the last 30 minutes. And the Civic even shows me how much space is left on my USB stick.

All in all, very fleet driver friendly.

P11d/BiK: £24,750 (23%) MPG/CO2: 61.4mpg (WLTP) / 93g/km (NED Correlated) Test MPG: 52mpg

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.